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NAAP provides the important service of a community of like-minded professionals dedicated to understanding, through an ecumenical and diverse membership body, and through our outreach connections with other mental health professionals, working to create a continuous dialog about the why_join_naaphuman condition. Our new website will offer an opportunity for lively exchange between members and institutes, as well as institutional visibility. We are eager to share with those outside our profession the many amazing accomplishments of our member institutes and individual members through our NAAP in the World Community section of the website: www.naap.org.

NAAP is the national advocate for independent psychoanalysis of all schools of thought, successfully pursuing its mission to unite the various schools and to ensure the independence, advancement, recognition, and sustainability of the profession. Without NAAP, no one would be monitoring and advocating for improved legislation. Nor would anyone serve as a watchdog to monitor attempts to legislate lay analysts out of existence. Without NAAP, there would be no place for independent psychoanalysts to register their certification.

Professional Legislative Advocacy

naap_professional-legislative-advocacyCurrently, NAAP has both a federal and a NY state lobbyist who are working to pass favorable legislation. In NY A#3910, would allow the four professions to form a single corporate structure. Additionally, A#2708 would mandate insurance reimbursement for the four professions in Article 163—Creative Art Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Counselors, and Psychoanalysts.

With the help and advocacy of our lobbyists, NAAP has benefited in the NYS Attorney General’s settlement with ValueOptions insurance–a first step toward our goal of parity in reimbursement. We have now entered into an agreement with Empire Blue Cross enabling our psychoanalytic members to join the Blue Cross network. If you would like more information about this, contact the NAAP office at mq@naap.org.

We continue to negotiate and advocate for complete parity for psychoanalysts regarding insurance reimbursement. This includes communicating with the state Attorney General regarding our inclusion in Timothy’s Law.

With NAAP’s assistance psychoanalytic professionals have become activists in their own states.

New York, New Jersey, and Vermont have achieved either certification or licensing through state legislation. We are continuously consulted by either members or institutes in other states and internationally to either help with drafting statements protecting their interests, provide supportive testimony, or assist in their legislative activities. Our decades of activism has made NAAP a well known resource for individuals and institutions.

Financial support has been provided, as well as legislative and organizational to several states including NY, NJ, Vermont and Ma. We contributed $5,000 in 2007 and $5,000 again in 2012 to the Massachusetts licensing legislation efforts efforts.

Continuing Education

NAAP hosts its own Continuing Education events and conferences, and co-sponsors with member institutes at their request.

We provide CE certificates of attendance, as requested and for a small administrative fee. These naap_continuing_educationcertificates are issued for full event attendance and with a signed evaluation handed in at the end of a program. All certificates are emailed. Please see our events notifications or contact the NAAP office to inquire about CEs for your profession.

The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis SWCPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0168. As such, under NJ Social Work CE regulations http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/regulations/Chapter-44G-State-Board-of-Social-Work-Examiners.pdf ,  it is also a CE provider for New Jersey social workers.

The Problem Gambling Training Partnership (PGTP)

Earlier in 2016, NAAP was proud to be one of the five founding organizations comprising the Problem Problem Gambling Training PartnershipGambling Training Partnership (PGTP).

Commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Arlene González-Sánchez presenting Kirsty Cardinale, Director of Marketing & Communications at NAAP, with the Proclamation establishing Problem Gambling Awareness Day on March 30, 2016, in Albany, NY

This new, statewide collaboration between the New York Council on Problem Gambling, NAAP, the National Association of Social Workers (NY State Chapter), the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, and the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, is funded by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS).

PGTP will provide training on assessing and treating problem gambling disorder to psychoanalysts, social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists throughout NY state. The partnership represents close to 11,000 counseling professionals across the state of New York.

NAAP’s Commitment:
  • Create and maintain a national, professional, psychoanalytic membership organization;
  • Create, maintain, and grow a community of member institutes whose standards for training are in accordance with NAAP guidelines;
  • Establish the qualifications of individuals for membership in NAAP, grant membership to those who meet the standards, and publish a National Registry of members in good standing;
  • Develop and maintain an ongoing legislative and lobbying arm that oversees the professional needs of members and member institutes throughout the country;
  • Implement and maintain policies that safeguard NAAP’s mandate to ensure diversity, social justice, and responsibility within its membership, schools of thought, and geographic scope;
  • Elevate, broaden, and universalize the standards of graduate and postgraduate education in psychoanalysis;
  • Assist members in serving diverse populations and communities, both locally and globally, in the most professional way possible by applying psychoanalytic principles and treatments;
  • Work toward the continued recognition of psychoanalysis as an independent profession.


Membership benefits (Individual and Institutional)
  • Professional Recognition
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Opportunity for Professional Advancement
  • Continuing Education
  • Listing in Psychoanalysts Registry
  • Registration Number for Psychoanalysts
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Third-Party Payment Consultation Service
  • Special Membership Events
  • Educational Seminars & Conferences
  • NAAP Newsletter & e-Bulletin
  • Website Listing
  • Online list serv and blog
  • Expert consultation referrals:
    Long-Term Care Insurance
    Income Protection Plan
    Discounted Car & Home Insurance
    Association Dental/Medical Plan


Please contact the NAAP insurance expert: Frank Morina for dental and medical insurance.

Uniting The Schools of Thought

The history of NAAP is a history of people, presidents, board, members, and staff, and their striving for the recognition of psychoanalysis. In 1972 a small group of psychoanalysts met to discuss ways to preserve and enhance the development of psychoanalysis as an independent profession. This meeting led to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP). NAAP was incorporated in 1972 by Ethel Clevans, MS, Harold Davis, PhD, Leonard Liegner, MD, Phyllis Meadow, PhD, and Philip Polatin, MD. Ten institutes were represented at a meeting in Los Angeles in 1973 to plan the formation of NAAP and an annual conference. Read More>>